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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 10-08-2012, 08:26 PM
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Anyone have any experience with Meyle thrust arms (HD)?

Yes, I know of the TRW/Lemforder and Meyle HD combo at EAC, but I'm wondering if it's really worth the extra $100 over straight Meyle arms (with HD bushings). The arms themselves seem to be very similar and under normal driving I do not see failing before the joints, so at this point it's a really a question of the longevity of the ball joints between the two, TRW and Meyle?

I assume it is a pita as well to change out just the ball joints on these arms?

EDIT: N/m, they look pretty good based on some reading on the M5board. Particular example: 27k miles, no problems. Ball joints also look like they're serviceable/replaceable.

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Old 10-09-2012, 05:04 AM
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You can't replace just the ball joints. It's the whole arm only when the ball joints fail.
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